Target breach extends to Social Security debit card holders

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 11:15 PM

The Target security breach may just be the tip of the iceberg. It now appears it's also affecting those who collect Social Security.

When you qualify for Social Security you receive a pre-loaded debit card. It allows users to pay bills, buy groceries and withdraw cash.

If you used your Social Security US Direct Express debit card during the Target security breach, expect a call from your bank. That call will likely inform you that a new card is on the
way. But in that 7-10 day period it takes to receive that new card, some accounts may be frozen.

Many of these card holders rely solely on the money they collect from Social Security so
not being able to access that money could pose a hardship.
 
Comerica, the bank connected to the accounts, responded in an email that states, in part, "We are issuing cards in conjnction with communications with affected cardholders so they are
aware of the options for accessing their funds. Comerica is very focused on insuring that cardholders are both protected and have adequate access to their funds."

Comerica also says only a fraction of their Direct Express debit cards were compromised.

Check with customer service if you have questions about the status of your account: 1-888-741-1115.

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